Founded in 1974, the Women’s Center was established to:
Dismantle, from a feminist perspective, all forms of oppression, including but not limited to those based on ability, age, class, ethnicity, gender, race, and sexual orientation.
Advocate for an equitable environment free from violence and harassment based on gender, race, and sexual orientation.
Create an anti-racist, non-sexist, queer-affirmative space where all people can feel valued and safe.
Facilitate and strengthen connections among people across lines of difference through programming and educational campaigns.
Integrate an appreciation of Women's Gender and Multicultural Studies across the disciplines.
Monday, July 13, 2009
Beyonce, A Beacon of Feminist Hope...
.....uh, I think not.
Just listen to 10 seconds of her newest song, "Ego" featuring Kanye West. Matter of fact, here's a preview:
"I got a big ego, (hahaha)I’m such a big ego, (hahaha)
I got a big, (hahaha), Ego, She love my big, (hahaha), Ego,
So stroke my big, (hahaha), Ego"
"It's too big, it's too wide,
It's too strong, it won't fit,
It's too much, it's too tough,
He talk like this 'cause he can back it up,
He got a big ego, such a huge ego,
I love his big ego, it's too much,
He walk like this 'cause he can back it up"
...You're kidding, right?
While far from a beacon, (maybe one of those mini flashlights you put on your keys?), Beyonce does infuse a decent amount of female empowerment into some of her songs. Then, there are songs like...."Ego" a.k.a "Male Empowerment" that completely lose me (enough already, geeze!).
Bottom-line: we need artists that stick to their so-called beliefs, help to empower women and make us feel proud of who we are. FYI, having our lifeless legs sticking out of the back of a trunk DOES NOT empower us ( Video of "Diva" by Beyonce).
Bottom-line: We need our egos stroked everynow and then too.
Peace and Love,